AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550

April 11, 2008 | 07:03

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Crysis

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Crysis is seen by many as the poster boy for DirectX 10 and it will make your system cry, quite literally – it’s a monster! It doesn’t come as much of a surprise then that the graphics are something special – at the time of release they were above and beyond anything we’d ever seen in a PC game.

We used the latest 1.21 patch and range the game in 64-bit and DirectX 10 mode in a custom level run through.

Crysis 1.21

1280x1024, 0xAF, 0xAA, All Medium Settings

  • Core 2 Duo E8500 (2x3.16GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E8400 (2x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E6850 (2x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E6750 (2x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E8200 (2x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6700 (4x2.67GHz, 1,066MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E6550 (2x2.33GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6600 (4x2.40GHz, 1,066MHz FSB)
  • Athlon X2 6400+ (2x3.2GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Phenom X4 9850 (4x2.5GHz, 2.0GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Phenom X4 9850 (4x2.5GHz, 2.0GHz HTT: Yellow Turbo Mode)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.0GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Phenom X4 9750 (4x2.4GHz, 1.8GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Core 2 Duo E4500 (2x2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • Phenom X4 9550 (4x2.2GHz, 1.8GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Phenom 9600 (4x2.3GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • Phenom 9500 (4x2.2GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • 48.3
  • 47.6
  • 44.8
  • 44.2
  • 43.4
  • 41.5
  • 38.4
  • 38.3
  • 35.9
  • 35.5
  • 35.1
  • 34.7
  • 33.8
  • 32.7
  • 31.9
  • 31.2
  • 30.6
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Frames Per Second - higher is better

Crysis 1.21

1600x1200, 0xAF, 0xAA, All High Settings

  • Core 2 Duo E8500 (2x3.16GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E8400 (2x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E6850 (2x3.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6700 (4x2.67GHz, 1,066MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E6750 (2x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Duo E8200 (2x2.66GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Core 2 Quad Q6600 (4x2.40GHz, 1,066MHz FSB)
  • Phenom X4 9850 (4x2.5GHz, 2.0GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Core 2 Duo E6550 (2x2.33GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Phenom X4 9850 (4x2.5GHz, 2.0GHz HTT: Yellow Turbo Mode)
  • Phenom X4 9750 (4x2.4GHz, 1.8GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Athlon X2 6400+ (2x3.2GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.0GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Phenom X4 9550 (4x2.2GHz, 1.8GHz HTT: Red Turbo Mode)
  • Phenom 9600 (4x2.3GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • Phenom 9500 (4x2.2GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • Core 2 Duo E4500 (2x2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 29.8
  • 28.2
  • 27.7
  • 27.6
  • 27.5
  • 27.5
  • 27.4
  • 26.5
  • 26.4
  • 26.3
  • 26.1
  • 25.9
  • 25.8
  • 25.0
  • 24.7
  • 24.3
  • 24.2
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Frames Per Second - higher is better

The performance of the B3 Phenoms has significantly improved (well, a few FPS) over the previous B2 Phenoms, but it still isn't the end all answer for the "monster" that is Crysis which appears to need clock speed over spare cores. The red turbo mode edges out over the yellow turbo mode, however only by a negligible amount.

With that said though, all of the B3 Phenoms are left behind by the Q6600 in both high and low resolution scenarios.
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